Rooting the Android operating system that is running on a phone or tablet can be a complicated business. There are many reasons why people want to have root access or a custom recovery installed, and often people do not understand whether they need to have both of those things or not.

There are plenty of reasons for the confusion. For starters, installing a custom recovery is usually able to to be done as soon as you unlock the bootloader without having to have root access. However, there are some root apps out there that can help people install a custom recovery too. That is one of the reasons for people getting confused.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901

Rooting, for the most part, is always about installing apps and what those apps can do. There are root apps out therefore installing custom recovery and even root apps out there that offer the one-stop shop for installing custom ROMs.

The ROM Manager is one of the root apps out there that is well known for showing people what custom ROMs are available and providing them everything they need to get the ROM installed. That said, the act of installing a custom ROM in itself does not require root access. A custom ROM can be manually installed by unlocking the bootloader and then installing a custom recovery. It is just that if you want to use an app like ROM Manager or ROM Toolbox to help you with installing the new ROMs then, the root access is required before you can use those applications.

Details We Should Know

  • Chainfire was running the LRX22G.P901UBU0BOI2 firmware build number when developing the rooting tool in this guide. You do not have to be running the same firmware. You need to be running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and have the SM-P901 model number only.
  • There can be more software updates that roll out for the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 in the future, and some of those can bring new bootloaders with them. A new bootloader can sometimes stop the CF-Auto-Root tool from working temporarily. These bootloaders are usually only present in new versions of Android, so they do not often affect our guides. If you have a device that does not boot after flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool, then it is likely because of a new bootloader. Leave a message on the CF-Auto-Root tool thread at the XDA-Developer’s website with the new recovery image found in the firmware creating the problem for Chaifire to see and he will update the files, so they start working again.

Files We Need

  • Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates.
  • Down and the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root

  1. Log into the Windows computer using the administrator’s account so the flashing tool can run.
  2. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 tablet.
  3. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 tablet.
  4. Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer.
  5. Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer so the flashing tool and the CF-Auto-Root files are hen on the desktop.
  6. Double-click and run the Odin executable file that is on the desktop.
  7. Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 into the download mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
  8. Check that Odin shows a yellow or blue ID: COM port and gives the added message. (None of these things means the Samsung USB Drivers are not installed, or you are not logged into the computer using the administrator’s account).
  9. Click the AP button from Odin and browse through on the desktop and select the MD 5 file to upload to Odin.
  10. Do not change any of the default settings from Odin.
  11. Click on the Start button and the rooting of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 begins.
  12. Read the information that Chainfire programs to roll down the display of the tablet and wait until it says it is rebooting in ten seconds.
  13. Check that Odin how a green box now with a pass message inside it.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P901 when you have it running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates by using the CF-Auto-Root tool. The tablet reboots back into the normal mode now by itself, and there is a new app on your device that you will notice. It is the SuperSU app, and that is what CF-Auto-Root just finished installing and enabling on the tablet.

Now that SuperSU is ready to make you the root user open the Google Play Store or browse online for your root applications. Anyone who has no idea where to start with finding out information about root apps can check out our list of the best root apps for the Android operating system and try a few.